Author Archives: Robert Freeman Wexler

Stepan Chapman

Stepan Chapman died. I knew him only briefly and not very well. His novel, The Troika, was an amazing piece of wacky and thoughtful weirdness. I hadn’t seen him in several years. He had a starring role in the The … Continue reading

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Guitar Trio (that isn’t always a trio)

I’ve only recently heard the music of Rhys Chatham, particularly his one-chord orchestra “Guitar Trio.” It’s an incredibly mesmerizing and satisfying piece. He performs it with varying ensembles. In 2007, he played different cities with different line-ups, with the results … Continue reading

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Western Thing Finished

First draft anyway. It ended up around 35,000 words, about 10,000 more than I thought it would. Maybe there’s a bunch of crap to cut, or maybe I’ll add enough to get it up to 40,000 (which is officially a … Continue reading

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P&C Out of Print

It appears that the cheaper edition of The Painting and the City is out of print. The expensive one is still available.

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Matt Cheney on Aickman

Just came across an interesting essay from June 2012 by Matt Cheney on Robert Aickman’s story “The Stains.” It’s once of my favorite Aickman stories.  Cheney gets extra points for using the word ineffable.

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Big Boys Reissue

There’s a great piece on the NPR website about a reissue of one of the Big Boys’ records (article + video interview with surviving founding members Tim Kerr and Chris Gates). From March. Which is when I meant to post … Continue reading

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Fanciful Flight

Some time ago (maybe April 2012, because that’s the date on the web page), Liz Hand posted a link to an article about a friend of hers at the Smithsonian who has made models based on pictures of fanciful flying … Continue reading

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Monday Song Link

Here’s a great song by the Minutemen about being the Minutemen (and about life, art, writing, performing). It’s an acoustic version, so to get the full impact of Mike Watt’s bass you’ll have to buy the CD (or one of … Continue reading

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